Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield celebrates after teammate Bogdan Bogdanovic scored a three-point basket during the first quarter of a preseason game against the Phoenix Suns in Sacramento, California, on October 10.
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
NEGOTIATIONS continue between Buddy Hield and the Sacramento Kings with just days remaining for the parties to reach an agreement on a contract extension.
According to Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports, the two sides remain $20 million apart after the Kings offered Hield a four-year $90 million deal.
Hield and his agent, Brandon Rosenthal, are seeking a deal around $110 million.
Hield is set to enter the final year of his rookie contract (four-year, $15.9-million) and is eligible for a rookie scale contract extension (up to $158.1 million over five years).
The deadline for both sides to reach an agreement on the extension is October 21. The 2019-20 season tips off October 22.
Should they fail to agree on the extension Hield could become a restricted free agent next summer if the Kings extend the $6.48 million offer.
In his third season, Hield averaged 20.7 points on 46 per cent from the floor, 43 per cent shooting from three-point range and 88 per cent shooting from the free throw line. He also averaged 5.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in just over 32 minutes per game.
“I know what I’m worth,” Hield said to the Sacramento Bee. “I know what I bring to the table. I know what my value is. Not many guys can shoot the ball like me in the league. I make other guys better by just being on the court because they can’t leave me, and if they leave me it’s 45 per cent my shot is going in, so I’m sure other teams would like that, too.” Hield has now made more three-point field goals than any other player in NBA history through their first three seasons in the league with 602.
His season total of 278 three-pointers ranks No.7 all-time for a single season and moved him ahead of Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors with 276 in 2016.
Hield also set the Kings’ single-season three-point field goal record this season when he surpassed Peja Stojakovic’s mark of 240.
During his season of milestones, Hield also made his debut in the MTN Dew Three Point Shootout at NBA All-Star Weekend.